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Tony Wroten undergoes knee surgery

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten underwent successful surgery to repair the partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee earlier today. The procedure was performed by Dr. James R. Andrews of the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

The Sixers will now work with Tony, his representatives and the team’s medical and sports performance staff to put in place a comprehensive recovery plan which outlines his next steps.

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Dahntay Jones for the remainder of the season.

Jones, 34, has appeared in nine games for Los Angeles and is averaging 0.4 points, 0.1 rebounds and 0.2 steals in 3.2 minutes. He originally signed with the Clippers on Jan. 14, the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts.

Jones, who was the 16th GATORADE call-up of the 2014-15 season, appeared in 19 games (15 starts) for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League and averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.2 minutes.

A 10-year NBA veteran who has appeared in 597 career games (157 starts), has averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16.2 minutes with Memphis, Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft, Jones was traded to Memphis on Draft Day and spent four seasons with the Grizzlies.

A New Jersey native, the 6-foot-6 inch guard/forward played two seasons at Rutgers before transferring to Duke for his junior and senior season, where he and Clippers guard J.J. Redick were teammates during the 2002-03 season.

Today, adidas unveiled the Futurestar Boost basketball shoe, a new model that the company says pays homage to the iconic adidas Pro Model.

Designed in tandem with the 2015 NBA All-Star uniforms, adidas says that the Futurestar Boost design is inspired by the attitude and culture of New York City basketball, music and fashion.

The take is, these look cool. A simple, clean color scheme.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard Andre Dawkins to a second 10-day contract.

Dawkins, a 6’4” guard was signed to his first 10-day with the Celtics on January 23. He has appeared in four games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League since he was signed and has averaged 20.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 39.4 minutes per game while shooting 37.7 percent from three-point territory.

Andre Emmett named D-League Player of Month for January, 2015

Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward Andre Emmett was today named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January. The award is the first monthly honor for Emmett, who was named NBA D-League Performer of the Week on Jan. 19.

Emmett (6-5, 224, Texas Tech) led the Mad Ants to a 10-2 month in January, including an eight-game win streak to begin the month. Emmett scored more than 20 points in all 12 games, recording four games with 30-or-more points. He posted a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double in a 114-103 road win over the Delaware 87ers on Jan. 10. In January, Emmett averaged 27.3 points on 52 percent shooting from the floor to go with 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

For the season, Emmett is averaging 21.5 points on 52.5 percent shooting from the field to go with 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 32.1 minutes.

Other players receiving consideration for the monthly award were Austin’s Bryce Cotton, Bakersfield’s Archie Goodwin, Delaware’s DJ Seeley, Iowa’s Damien Wilkins, Los Angeles’ Vander Blue, Maine’s Tim Frazier, Rio Grande Valley’s Clint Capela, Reno’s Jordan Hamilton, Santa Cruz’s James Michael McAdoo and Sioux Falls’ Shawn Jones.

Grizzlies sign Tyrus Thomas to 10-day contract

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed free agent forward Tyrus Thomas to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, according to Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace.

Thomas (6-10, 225) has averaged 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 26.9 minutes while shooting .588 from the field in two games with Iowa this season. The 28-year-old scored a D-League season-high 15 points in his Energy debut on Jan. 16 at Delaware and posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds on Jan. 18 vs. Erie.

Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft, Thomas holds NBA career averages of 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.31 blocks in 19.8 minutes in 400 games (129 starts) over seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). A native of Baton Rouge, La., Thomas led Louisiana State University to the 2006 NCAA Final Four as a freshman in his lone season with the Tigers.

Al Horford

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mo Williams today have won the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week award, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 12, through Sunday, Jan. 18.

Horford appeared in three-of-four games during the Hawks’ 4-0 week. He averaged 21.7 points on a league-leading .844 (27-of-32) shooting percentage, and added 8.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He posted a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists during a 105-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 13. On Jan. 16, Horford shot 8-of-8 from the floor en route to a 22-point night as the Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 110-89.

mo williams

Williams helped the Timberwolves to a 2-1 week behind averages of 30.3 points (third in the NBA), 6.3 assists (sixth in the Western Conference) and 39.8 minutes (third in the NBA). Both of Minnesota’s wins came on the road. Williams erupted for an NBA season-high 52 points on Jan. 13 during a 110-101 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte’s Bismack Biyombo, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Detroit’s Brandon Jennings, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Los Angeles Clippers’ Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, and Miami’s Chris Bosh.

Celtics waive Chris Douglas-Roberts

The Boston Celtics have waived guard Chris Douglas-Roberts who was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers on January 15.

The Celtics roster now stands at 14.

Clippers waive Jordan Farmar

Clippers waive Jordan Farmar

The Los Angeles Clippers waived guard Jordan Farmar, the team announced.

Farmar, 28, leaves the Clippers after appearing in 36 games this season with averages of 4.6 points, 1.9 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game. He has career averages of 7.7 points, 2.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 490 games (30 starts) in 19.4 minutes.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have completed a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics have acquired guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second round draft pick from the Clippers, and forward Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix in addition to a $2.4 million trade exception. The Celtics have traded guard Austin Rivers to the Clippers and the Suns have acquired Reggie Bullock from Los Angeles to complete the deal.

In a related move, the Celtics have requested waivers on guard Nate Robinson.

Randolph, a 6’10” forward, appeared in 18 contests for the Suns this season and averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game during that span. He recorded a season-high six points, four rebounds and three steals against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 14 and is averaging 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game over his career. Randolph played in 16 games for the Celtics during the 2012-13 season, where he averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.

Douglas-Roberts, a 6’7” guard, appeared in 12 contests for the Clippers this season and averaged 1.6 points and 1.0 rebound in 8.5 minutes per game during that span.

nate robinson

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have traded guard Jameer Nelson to the Denver Nuggets for guard Nate Robinson.

Robinson, a 5′9″ guard, appeared in 33 contests for the Nuggets this season and is averaging 5.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 14.1 minutes per game. He recorded a season-high 20 points on 6-11 (.545) shooting from the field, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes on December 19 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Robinson played in 81 games in two seasons for the Celtics (2009-11) and averaged 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 16.9 minutes per game during that span.

jameer nelson

Nelson, who was acquired from the Dallas Mavericks on December 18, has appeared in six contests for the Celtics this season and averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 20.1 minutes per game over that span. For the season, Nelson is averaging 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 24.3 minutes per game.

This week in the NBA: January 12, 2015

A look at this week in the NBA, starting today, Monday, January 12, 2015:

Monday — Pistons at Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA LEAGUE PASS): Detroit puts its five-game road winning streak on the line against Toronto, which is 15-4 at home. The Pistons haven’t won six in a row on the road since March 2007, and the franchise record is seven.

Tuesday — Spurs at Wizards (7 p.m., NBA TV): San Antonio has won 17 consecutive games against Washington, the longest active winning streak by one NBA team over another, according to Elias. The Wizards, who are 16-4 at home, are seeking their first victory in the series since Nov. 12, 2005.

Wednesday — Clippers at Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m., ESPN): Portland has won four in a row and eight of 10 to move into second place in the West, one game behind Golden State. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin is averaging a career-best 5.0 assists, to go with 22.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Thursday — Thunder at Rockets (8 p.m., TNT): Houston defeated Oklahoma City 69-65 on Nov. 16. It was the first time a team won a game with fewer than 70 points since March 2005. Both teams shot less than 30 percent. James Harden led all scorers with 19 points. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook did not play.

Friday — Trail Blazers at Spurs (8:30 p.m., NBA LEAGUE PASS): The teams meet for the first time since Dec. 19, when Portland outlasted the San Antonio 129-119 in triple-overtime. Damian Lillard led all scorers with a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation.

Saturday — Hawks at Bulls (8 p.m., NBA LEAGUE PASS): This matchup comes one night after Atlanta visits the Raptors. Chicago and Toronto entered the week trailing the East-leading Hawks by 3.5 games.

Sunday — Pelicans at Raptors (3:30 p.m., NBA LEAGUE PASS): New Orleans’ Anthony Davis is tied for the NBA lead in road scoring at 27.0 points per game. The Pelicans’ visit to Toronto marks the fourth stop on a five-game Eastern Conference road trip.

ESPN NBA schedule changes

ESPN NBA schedule changes:


Time (ET)

New Selection

Previous Selection

Wed, Jan. 14

8 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics

Wed, Jan. 28

8 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks

Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks

Fri, Feb. 6

7 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors

New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets

Fri, Mar. 6

8 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets

Miami Heat at Washington Wizards

Wed, Mar. 18

8 p.m.

Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

Wed, Mar. 25

7 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors

Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks

Fri., Apr. 3

8 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies

Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls

Nuggets trade Timofey Mozgov to Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired center Timofey Mozgov and a 2015 second round pick from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for two protected 2015 first round picks (via Oklahoma City and Memphis), Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced tonight.

According to Sports Illustrated, “if two future firsts seems a tall price to pay for a merely functional starting center, that’s because it is. Yet Cleveland maneuvered itself into position to make the most reasonable course correction it could. The Cavs have neither the trade chips nor the future flexibility to make a run at an upper-tier center, effectively locking them into a more limited range of potential upgrades at the position. Mozgov was one of the better options under the circumstances: tall, able to wall off the rim, effective on the glass, competent offensively, and under contract with a team option for next season at a relative bargain.”

This season, Mozgov has appeared in 35 games (all starts) for the Nuggets, averaging 8.5 points on .504 shooting, a career-best 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game. The 7-1 center from Russia also has nine double-doubles on the year.

Mozgov, who is in his fifth NBA season, has played in 247 career games (115 starts) with averages of 6.4 points on .513 shooting, a .738 mark from the foul line, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 17.2 minutes per game with New York and Denver. He also won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics with the Russian National team that was coached by David Blatt.

Cleveland conveyed to Denver its right to Oklahoma City’s protected first round draft pick and its right to Memphis’ protected first round draft pick. The Cavs received Denver’s right to the less favorable of Chicago’s own 2015 second round draft pick and Portland’s own 2015 second round draft pick.

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have traded guard Jared Cunningham, the draft rights to Cenk Akyol and cash considerations to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk.

Cunningham, who signed with the Clippers as a free agent on Sept. 29, 2014 appeared in 19 games this season averaging 1.8 points and 0.5 assists in 4.7 minutes. The 24th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Cleveland, Cunningham has appeared in 40 career NBA games in three seasons. He holds career averages of 1.9 points and 0.5 assists in 4.9 minutes with four NBA teams (Dallas, Atlanta, Sacramento and Los Angeles).

Akyol, 27, was originally drafted by the Hawks with the 59th overall selection in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft. The 6’6” guard from Turkey is a member of Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League and has averages of 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.0 minutes per game.

Lishchuk, 32, was originally drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 49th overall selection in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft. The 6’11” forward from the Ukraine is a member of Valencia Basket Club of the Spanish League and has averages of 6.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 15.6 minutes per game in eight games played this season.

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard Elliot Williams of the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors to a 10-day contract. Williams becomes the NBA’s 13th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 11th different player to be called up. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

The 25-year-old Williams (6-5, 190, Memphis) appeared in 16 games (all starts) for Santa Cruz this season, averaging 21.3 points (ninth in the D-League), 4.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists (sixth in the D-League) and 1.3 steals in 37.2 minutes per contest. He recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures in all 16 games. Williams scored 20-plus points in 10 games and 30-or-more points twice. Williams attended 2014 training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals in five games (three starts), before being waived on Oct. 27.

Williams spent the 2013-14 season with the 76ers. He appeared in 67 games (two starts), averaging 6.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He recorded 10-plus points on 17 occasions.

Originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, Williams has played in 91 games (two starts) with Portland and Philadelphia, averaging 5.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game.

A native of Memphis, Tenn. and former McDonald’s All-American, Williams played one season at Duke (2008-09) before transferring to the University of Memphis (2009-10). He averaged 17.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.3 minutes his sophomore season at Memphis. Williams was named the 2010 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year and earned 2010 Conference USA First Team honors before becoming an early entry into the NBA Draft.

Williams becomes the 14th D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, and the third this season.

He will wear uniform #25 for the Jazz.

Jazz waive Patrick Christopher

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived guard/forward Patrick Christopher.  Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 14 players.

Christopher (6-5, 219, California) was called up by Utah from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy on Dec. 10 and appeared in four games (one start) for the Jazz, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.3 minutes.

Heat waive guard Andre Dawkins

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived guard Andre Dawkins.

Dawkins appeared in four games with the HEAT this season totaling three points, two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes of action while shooting 1-of-6 from the field, all from downtown. He was originally signed as a free agent by Miami on September 23, 2014.

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Elijah Millsap of the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam to a 10-day contract.  Millsap becomes the NBA’s 12th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 10th different player to be called up.

Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

The 27-year-old Millsap (6-6, 215, Alabama-Birmingham) appeared in 19 games (16 starts) for the Jam this season, averaging 20.6 points (12th in the D-League), 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals (fifth in the D-League) in 36.6 minutes per contest.  He recorded eight double-doubles, including one triple-double (26 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists vs. Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 18).  He scored in double figures on 18 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in 12 games.

Millsap attended 2014 training camp with the Milwaukee Bucks, appearing in one preseason game before being waived on Oct. 16.  He has also attended NBA training camps with the Los Angeles Lakers (2011) and Oklahoma City Thunder (2010).

Millsap has spent portions of five seasons in the NBA D-League with the Jam (2014-15), D-Fenders (2011-14) and Tulsa 66ers (2010-11), appearing in 155 career D-League games (130 starts) and owning averages of 17.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals in 32.3 minutes while earning 2012 D-League All-Star and All-NBA D-League Second Team honors, as well as being named 2013 NBA D-League All-Defensive Third Team and 2011 NBA D-League All-Rookie Second Team.  He has also played professionally with Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli League (2013-14), the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippine Basketball Association (2013) and Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (2012-13).

A native of Monroe, La., Millsap played two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette (2006-08) before transferring to University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) (2008-10). He earned All-Conference USA First Team honors following his junior season at UAB and was named the 2007 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year as a member of the Ragin’ Cajuns.  He was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Millsap becomes the 13th D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, and the second this season (Patrick Christopher).

He will wear uniform #13 for the Jazz.

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker hurts knee

Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jabari Parker, who is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season, hurt his knee Tuesday. Hopefully it’s not serious. The extent of the injury isn’t known yet. Here’s the Journal Sentinel blog reporting:

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker hurts knee

It was a happy Bucks locker room after a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Khris Middleton lifted Milwaukee to a 96-94 victory Monday night.

But the joy was mixed with sincere concern over rookie Jabari Parker, who suffered a left knee injury early in the third quarter.

Parker’s left knee buckled without contact as he made a drive in transition and he was unable to leave the floor under his own power. He was carried off the court by teammates Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O’Bryant.

“As of right now we don’t know anything. They’ll do all the tests tomorrow and we’ll be able to report something then,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said after the game.

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